Spring

Color Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid!

Beautiful, beautiful beautiful!  I love how saturated the color is on these Kool-Aid dyed eggs!

Would I do it again? Absolutly!

Will it work for you? That is what this post is all about! Taking a very honest look at dyeing eggs using Kool-aid.

I've seen a couple tutorials lately for dying yarn using Kool-Aid.  Two different methods but apparently they work! OMG the yarns are gorgeous. Go visit and see how it is done!  Brilliant!  Ideas and colors.!

Sweet and Easy (Not So) Sweet Treats!

I am taking a quick break from "recycle month" because I just got word from Diane that my brand new e-book (Not So) Sweets is now available in her CraftyPod shop

Some of my all time favorite desserts are included - Cream Puffs, Mousse, Panna Cotta and Linzer Cookies.  

Making Chocolate Boxes on Valentine's Day!



Peggy Alter
, chocolatier and accomplished pastry chef invited Diane and me to her unofficial Valentine's Day open house to make chocolate boxes!

You can read Diane's version of our play date here!

Valentine Treat! Almond Chocolate Cake/Torte

The recipe for this yummy, dense, jam covered almond and chocolate torte found it's way into my recipe box many, many years ago.  The cake is very simple to make and frosting it couldn't be easier - simply cover it with jam after baking?

When I make this torte on Valentines Day, I bake it in two little 8" heart pans - one to eat and one to give!.  But a 9" or 10" spring form pan is recommended.  The recipe makes 1 - 9" or 10" cake or 2 - 8" heart cakes.

Chocolate Almond Torte

3/4 cup unsalted butter
7/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
5 eggs, separated

Celebrating "Halfway to Spring" - Also Known as Mid-Winter!

Almost open in time for Imbolc!  Paphiopedilum Orchid!

I am celebrating "Halfway to Spring" or Imbolc or Candlemas by taking a walk in my garden and peering into every container looking for signs of spring returning.

Crocus are just pushing through the soil.

Hellebores are already forming tiny blossom buds almost before they are 2" high.

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